FL teacher takes stand over 'ze' and 'zir' in classroom

Thursday, September 26, 2019
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Gender pronoun chart (trans website)A public-school math teacher who refused to identify a male student by "gender pronouns" has escaped serious punishment so far in the latest incident of an educator refusing to follow progressive, LGBT-friendly demands.

The Blaze reports that Sandalwood High teacher Thomas Caggiano informed the student via email that he will “call you by any reasonable name you like but pronouns are not a negotiable thing with me.”

The teacher’s email, which was obtained by a Jacksonville news outlet, also told the student to “change classes” if the teacher’s refusal is “not acceptable." 

Sandalwood High is part of Duval County Public Schools. The school district policy requires that students and faculty address transgender students by “gender pronouns” that “make them comfortable” which include not only “he” and “she” but also “ze” and “zir” or “they” and “them.”

The website transstudent.org (pictured above) advises that those are not the only pronouns required by transgender students because there are an "infinite number of pronouns as new ones emerge in our language."

Gender Unicorn (sex unknown)It's unclear what pronoun the student requested from the math teacher.

Caggiano has been “counseled” by school officials, who sided with the student and apologized, but so far the teacher has escaped suspension or termination over the incident.

Virginia high school teacher Peter Vlaming made national headlines in 2018 when he was fired for insubordination after refusing to call a ninth-grade student by male pronouns.

“This is not tolerance,” he told reporters. “This is coercion.”

Virginia’s public schools aren’t done, either: Students who returned to Arlington Public Schools will be subjected to gender-neutral bathrooms and locker rooms, a non-gender-specific dress code, and students being addressed by their preferred pronouns, Breitbart.com reported.

"Celebrate Diversity" bannerA group called the Arlington Gender Identity Allies showed up at school board meeting to push for the LGBT-friendly policies while a group called the Arlington Parent Coalition pushed back on behalf of girls demanding a right to privacy in restrooms and locker rooms.

Asked for comment about the Florida incident, Pacific Justice Institute attorney Brad Dacus tells OneNewsNow a “very reasonable accommodation” would be referring to the student by name and not using pronouns.

Vlaming, the Virginia teacher, had also offered to refer to the female-to-male student by the student's new proper name but the school rejected that compromise.

Dacus

The bigger, more troubling issue, Dacus says, is that the public school district is “bowing the knee” to what he calls the “radical LGBTQ intolerant agenda,” which wants to force people to speak words that strengthen that agenda.

A spokesman speaking on behalf of the school district’s superintendent, Dr. Diana Greene, said she believes that all people “have an experience of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and we all deserve to feel comfortable expressing those identities,” The Blaze also reported.

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